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Power outages, blocked roads as gale force winds and heavy rain hit Cape Town

The City advises using Whatsapp to report emergencies as it is experiencing high call volumes.

A cold front hit Cape Town late on Friday afternoon.

City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre spokesperson, Charlotte Powell says power outages were reported in Sybrand Park, Plumstead and Milnerton.

While, roofs were blown off in Belhar, Strand, Khayelitsha, Woodstock and Claremont.

Powell says the City’s main concern is fallen trees that have blocked roads.

“Trees have been uprooted in Claremont, Southfield, Observatory. We also have reports in Philippi and Strand and in Khayelitsha and then in Kenwyn in Woodbridge Road, five huge trees have been uprooted that are blocking roadways.”

“No rock falls or mudslides have been reported.”

Residents are requested to contact the Public Emergency Communication Centre in cases of emergency by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

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The Disaster Operations Centre can also be contacted on 080 911 4357.

As high call volumes are being experienced, the City’s also advised using Whatsapp on 063 407 3699.

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